A Good Name

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

This verse has a sentimental meaning to me. It has always been deeply reverenced by me. Character has a way of reminder of the kind of person you are. The memory of the righteous is blessed (Proverbs 10:7) we all might have someone in mind when stop and think who it was that deeply influenced us by their consistent repeated loving nature, encouraging words of support, and by their demonstrating way of humilty by the way they did not hide their own faults, but rather let them be used to teach others. The Bible is filled with people of good character, and reputation of godly action and good deeds. In the days of the early church, Stephen was one of the chosen by his peers to serve in a small way, yet note the character qualities desired, Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business (Acts 6:3). The responsibility was to serve the widows of their day with their daily needs, and it wasn’t good enough to just choose anyone. Persons in the church today must behave in ways that can be seen by others in a consistent way, not with merely words, but with Christ-like love that seeks to edify and meet the needs of others, all the while bringing glory and honor to Christ’s name. We have so many examples of good named individuals Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, Abigail, etc. Yet, it is through Christ, and His coming to this earth, fully God, yet fully Man, born of a virgin to unfold God’s plan of salvation. We read from Isaiah the prophet, For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end , Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order and establish it with judgement and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7). The virgin’s Child will also be the royal Son of David, with rights to the Davidic throne, It’s a done deal. God reigns supremely through Christ our risen Lord, who will come back and reign and rule in sovereign righteousness. Peter the apostle said of Him, ” Nor is there salvation in any other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

For the Christian today, our walk of faith is strongly desired by God and needed in the church. We live in a world that is ruled by unrighteousness, governments that are not submitted to the authority of a sovereign God, still trying with all their efforts to seek to over throw those who do not believe what their god says to them. We live in a world that calls what God declares to be named Good, evil, and their own evil as good. Yet, we are told in Scripture, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

May the Lord bless your walk with Him!

Dedicated to Kent Justice Burchell, my newborn grandson!

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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